Passenger injures hand when Tacoma man falls asleep, crashes truck into Hoquiam home

A passenger in a truck that crashed into a Hoquiam home Saturday morning walked away with a minor injury to his hand after the driver fell asleep at the wheel, according to Hoquiam police.

The driver, a 30-year-old Tacoma man, was cited for reckless driving, the report said. There was no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved.

The accident, the statement said, happened along the 400 block of Lincoln Street. Hoquiam Fire Department medics treated the passenger’s hand laceration at the scene. Three children in the truck’s back seat, whose ages were between 5 and 8, were not injured.

The driver told police he was southbound on Lincoln Street when he fell asleep. He said he woke up as the truck was driving into the house.

The homeowner, a 55-year-old Hoquiam man, told police he was sitting in his living room when he heard a rumbling sound just before the truck crashed through the wall. He was the only person home.

He was knocked across the room when the truck crashed into the house. The truck, the statement said, came within about 2 feet of the man, but he was not injured. When he looked up after the crash, he heard someone inside the truck yelling, “My kids, my kids.”

The homeowner helped the driver and passengers out of the truck.

The home suffered “extensive damage,” the statement said.